What Are Pre-determiners?
Pre-determiners are categorized into four main groups:
Pre-determiners do not usually co-occur. This means that two pre-determiners cannot be used together at the same time.
Multipliers as Pre-determiners
A multiplier is a word that is used to indicate how many times something is multiplied.
Phrases such as double, twice, three times, four times, etc. are all multipliers. These multipliers are used before countable and uncountable nouns as pre-determiners. Check out the examples:
You should brush your teeth
Fractions as Pre-determiners
Fractions are used to describe numbers smaller than one or they can show a proportion of a particular noun or amount such as 'half, three-quarters, five-eighths, two-thirds, etc. Check out the examples:
Intensifiers as Pre-determiners
Intensifiers, also known as attitudinal adverbial phrases, are used to strengthen the meaning of a noun or adjective in English. While there are various types of intensifiers in English, some of them can be used as pre-determiners in a noun phrase. Take a look at some of the most common intensifiers:
Such and Rather as Pre-determiners
'Such' and 'rather' are used with the same meaning before other determiners. They both intensify and strengthen the meaning of a noun phrase. Take a look at the examples:
Do not be
'What' as a Pre-determiner
When used before a determiner or a noun with no article, the term 'what' can express surprise or disappointment and is considered an exclamation. In these cases, the sentence is in exclamative mood and is typically followed by an exclamation mark. Check out the examples:
Again, this word can only be used as a pre-determiner before indefinite or zero articles.
'Quite' as a Pre-determiner
The word 'quite' can be used with the same meaning as the adverb 'very'. This pre-determiner can be used before every type of determiner in a noun phrase to intensify the meaning of the noun. Check out the examples:
Distributives as Pre-determiners
Out of all the distributives, only two of them are typically used as pre-determiners before a noun. The word 'All' can be used as a pre-determiner with both countable and uncountable nouns, while 'both' is only used with countable nouns.
Check out the examples:
Remember both and all are not used with indefinite article 'a' or 'an.'
Pre-determiners are used before central determiners to make a set of determiners that can modify a particular noun. Here is the list of pre-determiners.
- distributives (both, all, half)
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